The Barrie Amateur Radio Club – VE3GCB

Welcome to the website of the Barrie Amateur Radio Club, call sign VE3GCB.

Our club meets monthly to exchange ideas, meet new friends and share exciting experiences.  We’d like to invite you to take a look through our website and attend our monthly club meetings.  You do not need to be a member to attend our club meetings.

Next Club Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 starting at 7 PM in the cafeteria of Eastview Secondary School. Our usual meeting dates are on the second Tuesday of each month.

The presentation will be on HF transceivers and antennas – choosing the right HF transceiver for YOU, and what options there are for an HF antenna.

Location: Our monthly club meetings are held at Eastview Secondary School, 421 Grove St. E.  Click here for map. Eastview is located east of Duckworth St.  beside Eastview Arena. Enter the school via the side entrance to the right of the main front doors.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, you do not need to be a club member.

Come out and enjoy the fun of ham radio – bring a friend.

BARC members will be able to order the new club jacket at the meeting. Cost is $65 plus tax (about $73.50 total), to be paid when you order. This includes your first name and call sign plus the club logo stitched on the jacket.

New BARC jacket


Next ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service / Public Service Communications meeting

The next meeting will be on the 3rd of April 2018.

There is a Public Service Communications / ARES meeting at Barrie Fire Hall #1 (intersection of Dunlop Street West and Eccles Street) at 7 PM usually on the first Tuesday of each month.  If you want to learn more about Public Service Communications activities and ARES, please come and join us. Talk-in is on the VE3RAG club repeater (if the door is locked, give a call on the repeater).

Field Day 2017

This year the club held Field Day at St. Vincent Park (located on Blake St. off the end of St. Vincent St.). Everyone who took part had a good time, and the food offered was excellent for such a low price.

Club Repeater

The club’s repeater is VE3RAG on 147.000 + and requires a 156.7 Hz tone for access. This repeater has IRLP (node # 2039) and Echolink (node # 731301). This repeater is located on a high point in Barrie, and provides excellent coverage within the city and extends into many communities surrounding the City of Barrie.

The EchoIRLP was updated to a Raspberry Pi computer. To call an IRLP node, no prefix is required; to call an Echolink node, a prefix of “*” (star) is required. To disconnect from a node, “73” is used.

Weekly Net

The Monday Night Net happens weekly on the VE3RAG repeater at 7:30pm.  All hams within the repeater coverage area are welcome to join in.


Basic Amateur Radio Course

The ham radio course will start on Wednesday evening, 24 January 2018 at 7pm in classroom 130 at Eastview Secondary School. The course is approximately 11 evenings long with each class from 7pm until about 9:30pm. The final exam will be held on 25 April.  Total cost (including final exam by an Industry Canada accredited examiner) is $90. A Basic Amateur Radio Qualification course is offered by the Barrie Amateur Radio Club once each year (starting in January), contact the club (  if you are interested. The next course will be in January 2019.


Simcoe County Hamfest

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club holds a hamfest on the first Saturday of May each year. It will be held on 5 May 2018 at the Grenfel Community Centre at 1989 Sunnidale Road. Vendor setup at 8am, opens to public at 8:30am. Rain or shine, covered venue.

See  for more info.

Thank you to everyone who supported our past hamfests.


New Club Mailing Address

Barrie Amateur Radio Club Inc., 19 Maplehurst Cr., Barrie ON, L4M 4X1    (note that this is a private residence for club mail only)

email the club at


WAX Group – for those who like to make

Our Wireless Amateur Experimenter Group (WAX Group) continues to meet weekly throughout the year at Ken VE3KDG’s workshop in downtown Barrie.  Contact the club for the address as it is a private residence.  Members are welcome to attend our weekly sessions on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Talk-in is on the VE3RAG club repeater.


Club Event and Activities Calendar